Once a tree has been cut down, what’s left is the stump. As a homeowner, you need to decide if you want to engage in a stump removal service to further clear the land.
A stump removal service is a bit of a misnomer. Not only is the tree stump removed, but the surrounding roots as well. Trees, especially mature ones, have an extensive root system. These roots can spread all over your yard so this is a very invasive process.
If you have a small yard and aren’t concerned about where the roots have ended up, stump removal may not be the best option for you.
Stump grinding is a similar service we offer. It entails grinding just the stump down, sometimes 12 to 18 inches below the surface. The roots are left in the ground, and because they have been cut off from their reason to grow, will eventually rot and become part of the soil. Stump grinding involves a special machine that grinds down just the trunk of the tree. It is recommended if you have a smaller yard and don’t plan on building anything on top of the area.
Reasons to Remove Stumps
Hard to mow your lawn
Grass is one of the necessities that unfortunately also involves a lot of work to maintain it. While your yard would look and feel weird without grass, you do need to mow it at least once a week. Having a stump, and its accompanying roots, can make this chore even more of a headache.
Hard to landscape
Tree stumps are often large, or there may even be multiple tree stumps in a row. This in effect creates a dead zone in your yard. You can’t plant anything and even worse, the remaining roots mean there’s a wide area where grass and shrubs won’t be able to grow.
When a stump remains, it is essentially a piece of dead, decaying wood. While this is a slow process, there will reach a point where insects will move in. Decaying wood can attract carpenter ants and termites, none of which you want to have in your yard.
Affects property values
You may be okay with a stump in your front yard, but if you plan on selling your home, you may want to re-think it. Curb appeal is worth a lot and a large stump and the ensuing dead space around it can quickly deter potential buyers.
Reasons to Leave Stumps
Creates a focal point
Perhaps you have a vision that involves your stumps. Carefully placed potted plants and an eye-catching décor piece. While most people tend to leave their stumps bare, there are some skilled landscapers who know how to transpose a chunk of wood into a focal point of their garden.
Fun for kids
Have you ever encountered a child who couldn’t help but jump off a tree stump? If you have little kids, you may want to consider keeping your tree stump, at least for a little bit. It could quickly turn into a fun play area that will provide hours of entertainment.
The good news is that tree roots won’t turn into trees. You won’t have a hundred different saplings sprouting up into your lawn. It takes a while, but the roots are now dead and will start to decay. Over time, they will decompose and become part of the soil.
If you now have a hole because of stump grinding, you may be tempted to just place a different tree in there. However, the roots will still be in the surrounding area, making it very hard for a new sapling to grow.
If you have opted for stump removal, it is easier to plant a new tree. Just beware that trees leave their mark in the soil. For example, pine trees drop pine needles which are very acidic, making the soil not very inviting. You will need to add more soil with extra nutrition for a healthier base.
First, think about what you want to do with the area. Do you want to build a shed overtop or plant a new grove of trees? Then stump removal may be the best option. Do you just want to remove one tree and have grass grow over the area? Then stump grinding will work just fine. Don’t worry if you’re not sure. Simply contact us and we’ll answer all your questions. An expert will also come visit your home and make a detailed inspection so you can come up with a plan together.
The short answer is yes, you can. The long answer is that it isn’t recommended. While you may save some money, you still need to rend a stump grinder and perform the very labor-intensive action.
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